Minneapois Institute of Arts
New Pictures at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

ENTRY POSTED Jan 3, 2011

Shout Out: Elliott Erwitt at the Weinstein Gallery

Elliott Erwitt is now on exhibit at the Weinstein Gallery through January 15th!  See the press release from the Weinstein Gallery below for more details.

Top: Elliott Erwitt. Grace Kelly, New York City, USA, 1955. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.
Bottom: Elliott Erwitt. Dogs Legs, New York City, USA, 1974. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.

Weinstein Gallery is pleased to present the first Upper Midwest Exhibition of the legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt.


OCTOBER 29 – JANUARY 15, 2010

A photographer since 1948 and a senior and stalwart member of the prestigious Magnum Photo Agency since 1953, Elliott Erwitt is a keen observer of subjects ranging from major socio-political developments to young lovers in the midst of fledgling romance. Maintaining his pledge, “to capture things that are,” Erwitt’s photography stands as a monument to the humanist tradition taken up by Magnum and its founder, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Whether photographing Marilyn Monroe, a Chihuahua on a New York City street, Yale’s oldest living graduate or a group of debutantes in Arkansas, Erwitt manages to capture moments that are charming, witty and melancholic. Erwitt states, “Some people say my pictures are sad, some think they’re funny. Funny and sad, aren’t they really the same thing?”

Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker writing on Erwitt’s photographs has observed,

If we know an Erwitt scene instantly, and can tell him apart at once from his comrades, it is because, in plain English, it will seem so funny, and feels so detached-we laugh, and we are never asked to swoon too easily.  Though he belongs in some broad sense to the great school of unstaged, on-the-run, street photography that stretched across the work in the forties and fifties, and made New York and Paris their particular homes-and which will seem, I am confident, in the long eye of history as April-fresh and amazing, as wittily varied and richly vernacular and permanent as the work of those painters of the Quattrocento-his special contribution is his wit: not the decisive moment but the delighted moment is his signature: a moment when two things that seem to have no common ground are suddenly joined together for a single picture’s quiet explosion.

If there is a magic to photography, unique among it’s sister arts, it is this business of taking the immediate, right here, no-place-but-this and turning it instantly into the always there, symbolic, any place-you-love.  Essay writings makes an “I” into a “You”, or tries to, but the great photographers modestly make a “There/then” into a “Now-and for all time!” and does it absolutely at once, with a minimum of symbol or stagecraft or overt fussing.  What happens just happens-as dogs happen on a street, as waiters hover over tables, as life takes place in cities.”

Born on July 26, 1928, in Paris, France, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan. His family returned to Paris in 1938 and immigrated to New York the following year. His interest in photography began as a teenager living in Hollywood, California. While a student at Hollywood High School, Erwitt began working in a commercial darkroom developing celebrity portraiture. In 1948, Erwitt moved to New York where he met Magnum photographers: Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. As a young member of this elite photographic milieu, Erwitt’s professional career blossomed.

Elliott Erwitt has participated in a variety of one-person exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York;
The Smithsonian Institution; The Art Institute of Chicago; Zurich’s Kunsthaus; and Cologne’s Photokina. Elliott Erwitt has published over 20 books including Personal Exposure (Norton and Company, 1988), Snaps (Phaidon, 2001), Personal Best (TeNeus, 2006) and his most recent, Elliott Erwitt’s Paris (TeNeus, 2010). In tandem with multiple terms as President of the Magnum Photo Agency, Erwitt continues to be one of the leading photographers of his generation.

For further information, contact Leslie Hammons, Director, at 612-822-1722 or weingall@aol.com

Click here for further information regarding the Weinstein Gallery.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, from 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment.

Left: Elliott Erwitt. Valencia, Spain, 1952. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.
Right: Elliott Erwitt. Che Guervara, Havana, Cuba, 1964. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Weinstein Gallery.

Category: Around Town

Tagged: , ,

Comments are closed.